Ohio State Overview: Billy Price is a third-year sophomore who enters his second season as a starting lineman along the Buckeyes' offensive line ... after red-shirting the 2013 season as a true freshman, Price started every game for the Buckeyes in 2014 at offensive guard and performed at a rate that earned him freshman All-America honors ... he is one of the most athletic of Ohio State's big guys and also one of the strongest ... Price moved from the defensive line to the offensive line in the fall of 2013 ... is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete majoring in operations management ... he was named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad in 2014.
2014 Season (Freshman): After a red-shirt season in 2013, Price stepped into the starting lineup at one of the guard positions and proceeded to start all 15 games at guard for the College Football Playoff national champions ... and this was after spending much of the 2014 spring season practicing at center ... Price started the first three games of the season at right guard and then moved to left guard, where started the final 12 games ... his play improved considerably as he gained experience and as the season wore on, and he was credited with making key blocks for critical touchdowns in crucial games: by J.T. Barrett vs. Penn State and Ezekiel Elliott vs. Alabama ... Price was named a second-team freshman All-America by both Phil Steele and Athlon's ... his play helped the Buckeyes rank ninth nationally with 264.4 rushing yards per game.
More on Billy: Price was the Associated Press's 2012 Division I co-defensive player of the year in the state of Ohio (along with teammates Gareon Conley and Tracy Sprinkle) and a first-team all-state pick ... a consensus four-star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports, Scout) ... rated among the top 200 players on the Rivals 250 and a member of the ESPN 300, Price was the third Buckeye to commit to the Class of 2013 with his decision coming Feb. 13, 2012 ... rated as the No. 17 defensive tackle nationally by 247Sports and No. 21 by Scout ... helped Fitch to a 9-2 record in 2012 and to the state playoffs ... also helped Fitch to the state playoffs in 2010 with a 10-2 record and again in 2011 ... was named first-team all-state as a junior when he recorded 40 tackles with three sacks, 10 TFLs and an interception ... coached by Phil Annarella ... placed seventh in the discus at the 2012 Ohio outdoor state track and field meet after placing sixth in the shot and second in the weight throw indoors ... is the son of Bill Price and Pam & Dave Lescsak ... has two younger siblings: Savannah and Andrew.
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